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Member States Start Preparations for 3rd FfD Conference, SG Announced[viewed]

US Member States held their first substantive informal session of the preparatory process for the third International Conference on Financing for Development (FfD), on 17 October 2014, in New York, US. Delegations considered the proposed road map and annex circulated by the co-facilitators before the consultation, and exchanged general views on the Conference and related issues. Ban announced his designation of Wu Hongbo, Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs, as the Secretary-General of the FfD conference.

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IAEG Invites Comments on Data-Related Rights[viewed]

Consultations conducted by the UN Secretary-General's Independent Expert Advisory Group (IEAG) on a Data Revolution for Sustainable Development have highlighted a shared concern for data-related rights, according to a blog post by two members of the Group, Carmen Barroso, the Regional Director, International Planned Parenthood Federation, Western Hemisphere Region, and Katell Le Goulven, Chief of Policy Planning, UN Children's Fund (UNICEF). They note that, while data have the potential to empower people, there are privacy and accessibility implications that need to be considered.

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Civil Society and Academics Issue Open Letters, Other Inputs on Post-2015[viewed]

Civil society organizations and academics have published new research and inputs to the post-2015 development agenda and reactions to the proposed Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Recent position papers and other documents discuss the importance of data, serve as open letters to the UN Secretary-General on specific issues, and examine the structural challenges of negotiating a new agenda.

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EMG SOM20 Focuses on UN System-Wide Strategy on Environment, SDGs[viewed]

During the 20th Senior Officials Meeting (SOM20) of the Environment Management Group (EMG), senior management of 38 UN agencies, multilateral agreement bodies and intergovernmental financial institutions focused on coherence in environmental programming, sustainable operations and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The senior officials also undertook important discussions on the Group's contribution to the preparation of a UN System-Wide Strategy on the Environment.

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UNCTAD Report Recommends Policy Flexibility to Achieve Post-2015 Agenda[viewed]

Strengthened domestic and regional demand, accompanied by better income distribution, is necessary to put the world economy on a path towards sustainable growth, according to the 2014 issue of the Trade and Development Report (TDR), 'Global Governance and Policy Space for Development,' published by the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD). The 2014 report underscores the role of proactive trade and industrial policies in the post-2015 development agenda, and highlights policies that can help achieve sustained economic growth, poverty reduction and full employment.

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Guest Article #34: Learning Today for a Sustainable Future[viewed]

To achieve sustainable development, political regulations and financial incentives are not enough. We need to change the way we think and act.

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UNDP, ESCAP, ADB Convene E-Discussion on Next Steps for Global Partnership[viewed]

The UN Development Programme (UNDP), the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) and the Asian Development Bank (ADB) are convening an e-discussion on next steps for a global partnership for development. The outcomes are expected to inform a forthcoming ESCAP/ADB/UNDP Asia-Pacific MDG Report on Means of Implementation (MOI) and the Global Partnership for Development.

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Mountain Partnership Secretariat, Ev-K2-CNR to Launch Federation of Mountain PAs[viewed]

The Mountain Partnership Secretariat and Ev-K2-CNR will launch a Federation of Mountain Protected Areas (FMPA) to support mountain protected areas (PAs) globally. The FMPA will facilitate the exchange of experiences, information, knowledge and management practices on mountain PAs.

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World Investment Forum Addresses SDG Financing Needs[viewed]

Representatives of governments, the UN and businesses considered solutions for financing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) during their discussions at the World Investment Forum 2014. The UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), which organizes the annual Forum, has estimated that developing countries will face an annual investment gap of US$2.5 trillion over the lifetime of the SDGs (2016 to 2030), and public resources will not be able to meet the SDG-implied financial demands.

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WAVES Highlights NCA Trainings, Capacity Building[viewed]

The Wealth Accounting and the Valuation of Ecosystem Services (WAVES) programme released its October 2014 newsletter, which highlights trainings and capacity building on Natural Capital Accounting (NCA).

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